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ICE deports MS-13 gang member wanted for murder in El Salvador

April 24, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
ICE deports MS-13 gang member wanted for murder in El Salvador

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Immigration agents in San Antonio, Texas, removed a twice-deported MS-13 gang member wanted in his native country of El Salvador for murdering three people. The man also has a criminal record in the U.S.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Removal Operations (ERO) officers transferred 41-year-old Santiago Humberto Rodriguez-Aparicio over to Salvadoran authorities. The officers flew the MS-13 gang member on a charter flight arranged by the ICE Air Operations Unit (IAO).

Officials from El Salvador issued an arrest warrant and extradition request for Rodriguez-Aparicio, which accuses the gang member of engaging in a shooting that left three victims dead. He has been charged with aggravated homicide and discharging a gun.

“ICE has a history of working with international law agencies to effect removals and ensure that fugitives are returned to face justice,” San Antonio ERO Director Daniel Bible said in a statement. “ICE combines our unique immigration enforcement and our international partnerships to help protect communities from criminal aliens who pose a public safety threat.”

According to According to ElSalvador.com, Rodriguez-Aparicio’s criminal offenses are not limited to El Salvador. In 2007, an immigration judge ordered the Salvadoran national to be deported. Almost two years later, police in Las Vegas apprehended Rodriguez-Aparicio for being an illegal alien in possession of a gun. A federal judge in Nevada sentenced him to 41 months behind bars. ERO officials deported him for the second time in February 2012 from New Orleans.

He illegally came back to the U.S. for the third time and U.S. Border Patrol in Hidalgo, Texas, took him into custody. This time, he was charged with illegal re-entry after removal. A federal judge in Texas sentenced him to 27 months in jail. During that time, authorities were informed of the warrant from El Salvador. Rodriguez-Aparicio was turned over to ICE ERO officers for processing and detention. On April 21st, ERO officers handed him over to El Salvador’s Civilian National Police.

“Since October 1, 2009,” ICE officials wrote in a statement, “ERO has removed over 1,700 fugitives from the United States who were sought in their countries for serious crimes, including kidnapping, rape, and murder. In the fiscal year 2016, ICE conducted 240,255 removals nationwide.”

Officials reported that 92% of individuals deported from the United States have prior criminal convictions.

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